As I said in my post yesterday, I started working with a nutritionist/dietitian back in December 2009. Since then, I’ve lost almost twenty pounds and have totally overhauled my diet. Keep in mind that I was also exercising regularly, with coaching from my trainer who helped keep my workouts fresh. Eating was a big part of my weight loss, but I can’t discount the value of working out.
Of course I am totally happy about the weight loss, because I look better, it’s easier to find clothes, and running is sure a lot easier. But I’m also really happy knowing that my diet is SO much better now than before, I’m WAY healthier, and I’m passing healthy habits onto my whole family.
- I eat LOTS of veggies now. It’s a rare day that I don’t have at least four servings.
- Most of the time we eat lean cuts of meat like chicken, pork tenderloin, and beef tenderloin, meaning less saturated fat and cholesterol making their way through our arteries.
- There’s a lot more fish in our diet, meaning more omega-3’s. We average seafood probably once a week, which is much more than the once every two months we used to have it.
- We eat out far less frequently, and make better choices about where and what we eat. Yes, I’ve turned into that girl who orders salad 🙂
- I know what a healthy diet should look like, thanks to my nutritionist. So, when unexpected circumstances arise, I can adapt my plan to whatever food is available (unless it’s all pizza, wings, and beer – that’s a tricky minefield to negotiate).
- Healthy starches have found their way into my kitchen. It’s not just bread, potatoes, pasta, and rice. We’re talking barley, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and corn.
- When I’m stressed out with school, I don’t turn to food for comfort anymore. Well, sometimes I find myself scrounging through the pantry, but not nearly as often as before. And studying with peanut butter M&Ms is a thing of the past.
So often people have said to me that they would like to lose weight, know what to do to get there, but just don’t do it. I thought I knew what healthy eating was before, but I think I was wrong. Sure, I had a very good sense of which foods were healthy and which weren’t, but I didn’t know how to fit healthy eating into my life and what each meal should look like. Now, I’m very aware of what should be on my plate every time I sit down to eat. I’m not going to say that I eat perfectly every day, because I still struggle with emotional eating and sometimes chocolate calls, but for the most part, I follow a really healthful diet.
I still meet with my dietitian on a regular basis (we met today, prompting this post). She answers specific questions I have about food and the emotional side of eating, makes suggestions on how I can improve my diet further, and helps keep me accountable for my food choices. Sometimes I won’t eat that piece of chocolate because I know I’ll be putting it in my food journal and she’ll read about it – haha!
In short, she’s been an invaluable source of support. Yes, I’ve had to pay for her services, but I’m sure the time has paid for itself just from eating out less. And really, I think I’m worth it.